We've all been in crazy situations and I want to know how you handle entertaining fiascoes and bad restaurant behavior. I'll present a situation and you tell me what you would do. Here's this week's scenario: You're hosting an intimate dinner party for 12 of your friends. You've been planning for weeks and no detail is spared. The food is exquisitely prepared and a pitcher of cocktails waits to be poured. The house is immaculately clean and the mood enhanced by tons of glowing candles.
To promote mingling and conversation, you took the time to create a seating arrangement with place cards — separating those couples who are always together — so unacquainted guests can become new friends. Everyone arrives and the party is going fabulously until one of your girlfriends pulls you aside. She says,"I hope you don't mind, I moved some of the names on the table around so I can sit next to my boyfriend." What would you do?
To see what I did in this situation — true story, it's happened to me! —
I smiled politely and told my friend that I had spent time putting together the seating chart. I reminded her that it was my party and my house and asked her to kindly respect my rules and feelings. I also explained why I had chosen not to seat her next to her boyfriend. I filled her cocktail and excused myself. I went into the dining room and changed the place cards back to the arrangement I created.